WEST WARWICK—After the 2003 Station Nightclub fire in West Warwick, Congressman Jim Langevin was prompted towards legislation that would propose preventative measures from another tragedy.
Langevin and Congressman Aaron Schock from Illinois teamed up to introduce legislation that would assist in the cost of installing sprinkler systems in multi-unit residential and commercial structures.
“The fire in West Warwick was the original impetus for this legislation,” said Jonathan Dworkin, director of communications. “It brought attention to that fact that we need to make it easier for some old buildings to get, in this case one example would be, fire sprinklers.”
The legislation proposes that small- and medium-sized property owners will be able to fully deduct the cost of sprinkler systems of up to $125,000. According to Dworkin, the intended properties include a mix of both residential and businesses such as campus housing, assisted living facilities and night clubs.
The legislation was just introduced this month and has been referred to the Ways and Means Committee. According to Dworkin, they have been working with Senator Tom Carper of Delaware and some of his colleagues and have introduced a similar bill in the Senate.